It seems like there are always a few casualties in every move. Things get lost, broken, or at least suffer a few scratches. Part of the problem is that our fragile belongings aren't meant to travel the country in a box truck. The other part of the problem is that moving is time-consuming and stressful, and many of us are far too impatient to spend extra time coddling our boxes as we move them around. Our residential movers in Worcester, MA, have a few tips that can help.
Moving is a hard job, but that doesn't mean that your collectibles have to suffer. With professional help and a few great tips, you can make it to your new address with every belonging in one piece.
We know how heartbreaking it is when your great-grandmother's heirloom china gets broken in the move. Our Worcester, MA long-distance movers treat every box and every move like it is filled with valuable, irreplaceable possessions so that you and your collectibles make the move in one piece.
1. Use the Right Packing Materials
Packing materials meant to provide a little extra cushion for your belongings come in many different styles. Make use of the right materials for the job to keep everything protected during your next move.
Packing paper is great for wrapping individual dishes to keep them from rubbing against one another. Styrofoam peanuts can fill up empty spaces in large boxes to prevent unnecessary movement. And bubble rolls can add a layer of cushioned wrap around almost anything breakable.
One thing to watch out for is inadvertently securing your packing material directly to your collectible. Always tape paper to paper and wrap to wrap. Even a small piece of paint can damage the paint on a fine collectible.
2. Use Blankets and Crates for Larger Items
Larger items like antique furniture cannot be boxed. Professional movers rely on soft blankets and sturdy wood crates to protect these pieces. Wood crating is typically available in a variety of sizes and can be fit to your furniture. Don't risk damage to larger collectibles when there are ways to protect them. Like with the smaller items, don't secure blankets directly to the furniture. Tape can damage the finish on your collectible furniture pieces. If you have drawers, make sure to remove all belongings and secure them closed during transportation.
3. Review Protection Coverage and Plan for the Worst
While nobody wants to assume that moving will cost them their most prized possessions, it is important to understand the limitations in coverage on basic plans offered by your moving company. In some cases, the value of collectibles far exceeds typical coverage limits. However, additional coverage for collectible items can provide full-value reimbursement in the event that tragedy occurs. After all, packing materials can only do so much if your moving van is involved in a collision on the way.
It might also be worth considering self-transportation for smaller valuables whenever possible. If you have a prized card or coin collection, there is no need to risk losing it in a moving van when it will easily fit in your passenger seat. Insured shipping or courier services are another option for transporting your valuables.
4. Use Secure Warehouse Storage
Storage is another opportunity for disaster to strike. From theft to unintended exposure damage, storage facilities are sometimes to blame for damaging personal belongings. Many professional moving companies offer secure, climate-controlled storage using wooden vaults inside a larger warehouse. This type of storage can be a great option if you need to store valuable belongings securely while waiting for your new home to become ready. Be sure to ask your moving provider about flexible short-term or long-term storage options.
Get Professional Moving & Storage Help from ABC Moving & Storage
ABC Moving & Storage offers Worcester, MA area residents with professional moving and storage solutions that you can trust for your most valuable collectibles. Our team of experienced long-distance movers can provide you with professional packing supplies, full-service packaging, and custom crating for larger fragile items. As a trusted partner of Allied Van Lines, we can handle your long-distance move with ease. Call ABC Moving & Storage for additional information or a custom moving quote.
Your personal possessions are too valuable to leave to chance. Get help from professional long-distance movers to pack, transport, and store your belongings with attentive care to every detail. From choosing the right packing materials to providing secure, climate-controlled storage, professional moving services have everything you need for a successful move.
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